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Colors and Coloring (Plus New Tim Holtz Items & Miniatures)

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters, Sale, Tim Holtz, Tutorials

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Lora’s and Rhea’s projects that are still available on the new site.

Wow! This is a jam-packed-with-color newsletter! We have lovely projects by TWO Design Team Members, plus new items from Tim Holtz, and a big new group of colors! I’ll let Bella take the lead and introduce projects by Lora Mahaffey and Rhea Freitag

Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey has a marvelous treat for you this week. Lora has created a lovely shadowbox and has also put together a video tutorial that is over-the-moon full of great ideas and tips on how to use Copic Markers. Double the fun with Miz Mahaffey!

Lora’s shadowbox has beautiful images from the New and On Sale! The Mode in French Fashion Collage Sheet (swoon!) and the New and On Sale! Paintables Cards. (The Paintables Cards are made of heavyweight watercolor-texture cardstock in a slightly aged, creamy vintage color. Use “as is” or embellish with watercolor pencils, inks, mist, etc.)

There are a lot of good things to take in with Lora’s video tutorial. She starts off by showing you how she uses the Copic Markers to color the Paintables Cards, like how she achieved the graduated color effect on the flower petals. Then Lora shows you how to color in the images from The Mode in French Fashion Collage Sheet as she did on her shadowbox.

Other items that Lora demonstrates her Copic-ability are on paper, White Seam Binding and Gold Mini Rosette Dresden Borders. So clever that Miz Mahaffey!

What? What wad that?! You can’t decide on which Copic Markers you want to get? Deciding upon what Copic Marker to use can be so horribly daunting can’t it? Well guess what? We have FOUR New and On Sale! sets to help you decide what colors to use! You can choose from Copic Sketch Marker Sets in Sea and Sky, Pale Pastels, Floral Favorites 1 and Floral Favorites 2. Yes I know — now you have to decide which set to get, but so do I!

Here’s the link to Lora’s Supply List and you can see the video tutorial on her blog.

Next up, Rhea Freitag created a cute little Wooden ATC Book and also created a Snapguide tutorial to go along with it!

Inside of Rhea’s book there are lots of fun envelopes and pockets to tuck Ephemera and all sort of other goodies inside. As you know I am obsessed with little envelopes, the Glassine envelopes being my fave. They are great for stuffing little things into (like that vintage Queen of Hearts card in the glassine envelope in the photo, from the Queen of Hearts #3 Collage Sheet), small snips of this or that, and secrets. Oooohhh secrets! Do you have any? I’d have you tell them to me but I’m digressing and have to get a move on!

Aside from the adorable On Sale! Wooden Album Covers, Rhea’s ATC book also uses the Cartographer 3×4 ATC Pad, which are a perfect fit for the inside of the covers. Throughout the book the On Sale! Remnant Rub-Ons – Words are used and they work specially well on the glassine. Just saying — the glassine is beyond fabulous!

Here’s the link to Rhea’s Supply List and you can check out her blog to see more pictures and the Snapguide.

Note: last Thursday we announced a FREE Gift Kit, and that offer is still on: a Botanical Tea Mini Gift Kit is FREE for all orders over $20! More info and a photo are below.

And… The MAY kits have started shipping! (For subscribers who have pre-paid.) More info and lovely artwork by the Design Team using the kit will be in next Sunday’s newsletter!

 New Dollhouse Miniatures Section – ENTIRE Section On Sale!  View the New Section

Miniature Red Lantern
Miniature Red Lantern New!

Miniature Red Wagon
Miniature Red Wagon New!

Small Plastic Pumpkins
Back in Stock

Miniature Rose Pitcher Set
Back in Stock

 Thursday Newsletter Recap: Art Blocks, Wood Trims & 3 Art Projects!

Don’t Forget Thursday’s Newsletter
including artwork by Guest Designer Susan Killam

Wood Block Roof – Large

New and On Sale!
Plus tons of new wood trims and box feet were announced on Thursday!

Botanical Tea Mini Gift Kit

if you’d like to get a head start on the papers and trims in Susan’s Botanical Tea Art Block, there’s an exclusive Alpha Stamps’ FREE Botanical Tea Mini Gift Kit.


Hooray! A Coloring Giveaway!

With all those lovely new inks and pens (and Lora’s tutorial) I figured you’d like some things to color! And since Lora included coloring seam binding and Dresden, I included some of those, too (see the 2 photos below for close-ups). So first, some white ribbons or pearls:
White Seam Binding
Stitched Leaf Ribbon – White On Sale!
Teardrop Fused Pearls (Strands) On Sale!

Then some Dresden to color:
Gold Mini Rosette Dresden Borders
Gold Shell Dresden Border Strips
White Dresden Border Sampler Set On Sale!

And then some Collage Sheets that include black and white vintage images:
The Mode in French Fashion Collage Sheet New and On Sale!
Bathing Costumes Collage Sheet
Boardwalk Fashions Collage Sheet

Then moving on to more colorful things that are either in Lora’s art or that coordinate with the colors:
Botanical Tea Fauna Scrapbook Paper On Sale!
Botanical Tea Scrapbook Paper On Sale!
The Teens Collage Sheet
– 2 colors from the Liquid Pearls – Summer Colors Set On Sale!
On the Boardwalk Seam Binding Set On Sale!
– AND one of the FREE Botanical Tea Mini Gift Kits (still available)

And just for fun, all four of the rubber stamps just added to the Clearance Sale:
Hey Diddle Diddle Group Rubber Stamp, Toby Dancing Rubber Stamp, Bubbles (F) Rubber Stamp, and The Cat & the Fiddle Text Rubber Stamp (at 80% off, they’re insanely priced!)


To enter the Coloring Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, April 27, 2014).

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won Thursday’s Botanical Tea Art Block Giveaway? That would be Lou Anne Colodny! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, April 27th, 2014

99 responses to “Colors and Coloring (Plus New Tim Holtz Items & Miniatures)”

  1. Darlene Propp says:

    What a fabulous giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. angelic says:

    I love to color! Thanks for this wonderful giveaway.

  3. Diana Kitsmiller says:

    Another great giveaway! I love the miniatures:)

  4. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Fun, fun, fun!

  5. Ronda Liebert says:

    I’ve always loved coloring, as a child and even as an adult. This would be right up my alley!

  6. Deb Ring says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE to color, and this giveaway is just over the moon!
    Thanks for a chance and another great giveaway!

  7. Conchi says:

    Botanical papers are wonderful…
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. April Dudko says:

    Coloring, what fun! Takes me back to innocent pleasures! Thanks for all the wonderful goodies in your giveaway, you certainly are generous as always!

  9. Teresa Currie says:

    Your new Coloring Giveaway is such fun!! I especially love your trims and papers to color!!

  10. Another **GREAT** Giveaway!!!
    Love it!!!!

  11. Kris Martinez says:

    A Coloring Giveaway! What else does a person need to stir the creative juices?

  12. Maria says:

    You are so generous to run these contests. Thank you.

  13. Emily N. says:

    Another great giveaway! Love this stuff!

  14. kdj5 says:

    Feeling a little blue. These lovely colors would really cheer me up!

  15. Marilyn H says:

    Beautiful shadowbox and wonderful book!

  16. Helen Potter says:

    This giveaway if full of colorful FUN.

  17. Jamie says:

    I want this.

  18. Blair Lowery says:

    Nice collection as always.

  19. Jen R says:

    Love this!

  20. Michelle B. says:

    Paint mine “a la mode” . . . French style, s’il vous plait!

  21. MaggieM says:

    All I can say is Wow, WOW, WOW! Just look at all the fabulous goodies on sale! I’ve been wanting that chipboard steampunk bird, so you know where I’m off to next:) And, a fabulous giveaway, too!!

  22. Erica Holan says:

    Fabulous! Yes, please!!!

  23. Linda Isbell says:

    Hope our April showers bring a gift box win for me.

  24. Pam S says:

    Wow! I love coloring! And I love vintage fashions! Thanks for the awesome chance to win, and all the lovely eye candy and inspiration you continually provide.

  25. I love to color. Got my first box of 64 crayola crayons at 40 years old and haven’t stopped coloring since. Love this giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

  26. lorna osborne says:

    it is very generous of you to give away so many kits to so many people. they are beautiful. Thank you.

  27. Luanne Shoup says:

    I have already colored some of your other sheets. would like to give this one a try too!

  28. Barbara Nekic says:

    What fun! This collection is so great. Thanks for being so generous.

  29. DebR says:

    Great new projects and love Toby, he’s adorable! Thanks for the opportunity.

  30. LoriSW says:

    Wow, who doesn’t love color or to color!!!!

  31. Lorna Dufrane says:

    Love the give-away! What fun!!

  32. Jennifer J says:

    so sweet! And i love some of the clearance items. Off to shop!

  33. Patti Flasch says:

    Once again, a wonderful give-away! Thank you so much for giving all of us the opportunity to win!

  34. Kathy Madden says:

    I’m in love with this beautiful give-away..Brings me back to my childhood when I happily colored away in my coloring books for hours and hours..I’m itching to start coloring again..Thank you for this great kit and the chance to maybe win it.

  35. Kim B says:

    Lots of goodies! Thanks for the chance to win some fun.

  36. Lorna says:

    What a fun giveaway!

  37. Karen says:

    Gotta have it! Looks like lots of fun!

  38. Rose Lewis says:

    What beautiful styles and colors to work with!

  39. I actually enjoy reading these posts and I find them SO inspiring – thanks for the awesome giveaways!!

  40. Traci says:

    Great giveaway and love all the art work by Lora and Rhea.

  41. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Great projects this week!!

  42. Diana Hargis says:

    It would be quite fun to give the fashions a one of a kind look with the markers.

  43. Sandra Bolliger says:

    I love love love to color. This is an awesome giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity

  44. Ann says:

    Thanks for the cool coloring projects–love that little album!–and another fabulous giveaway! The paintables cards look so fun!!

  45. Pam W says:

    I love coloring. You have put together another great giveaway. Thank you

  46. Carmen Willis says:

    Great job Lora Mahaffey! I love anything vintage and French. Great goodies in this giveaway! Have my fingers, toes, and eyes crossed to win this giveaway!

  47. Tabitha Klucking says:

    I was just thinking about how much fun coloring can be. 🙂

  48. Noreen says:

    I love that wooden album. We are a coloring family, and we often use the Dover coloring books. It’s nice to have more ideas for coloring.

  49. Janet Turner says:

    What a great giveaway. You always have such super ideas. It’s always fun to get new ideas.

  50. Joe says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  51. Laura says:

    Wow! Absolutely gorgeous, I love coloring and working with colors!

  52. Sue Young says:

    I SO need as much color as possible , after the horrible Midwest winter we had!!!
    Thanks for the chance to win some!

  53. Daylan says:

    These are lovely! Thank you again!

  54. Karen Mallory says:

    I love your newsletters and projects and the chance to win such wonderful items!

  55. Kathy Bumb says:

    What a gorgeous giveaway – love your blog with all the great tutorials!!!!

  56. Paulanne says:

    Love these old fashioned ladies. I hope to win them.

  57. Melanie Curtis says:

    Your newsletters and projects are so inspiring. My daughter and I would love to win the coloring giveaway. Thanks for the great contest and a chance to win!

  58. sheila AR says:

    Just beautiful!! Lora’s project/tutorial is fabulous, love those markers and paintables sheets. Also love Rhea’s wooden keepsake album and glassine envelopes, yummy! Thanks for the giveaway!

  59. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    Oh, so many ideas to pursue! They are beautiful elements, as always.

  60. Stefanie says:

    Wow! Fantastic giveaway!! Would love win 🙂

  61. Beautiful, I Love this ,you guys are so creative ! I wish I was you neighbor !!

  62. wow…so many fabulous new finds! love love love!

  63. karenladd says:

    Oh, I love this giveaway! Those vintage stamps are awesome and the seam binding assortment is beautiful. Hoping that I win this great collection of goodies!

  64. Carol Geraci says:

    Wow I really love this one. I would love to win this one.

  65. DianeD says:

    Love the giveaway. Amazing.

  66. Marilyn Fishwick says:

    Oh I love to color with my Copics. This would be such a fun kit to win. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  67. shartl says:

    Gorgeous projects and wonderful giveaway!! Love all the images, stamps and ribbon!

  68. Gerri herbst says:

    I love to color! Wonderful giveaway and projects.

  69. Rae Higgins says:

    Love the Coloring Giveaway! Fun!

  70. Christine Dahlin says:

    great tutorials on coloring!

  71. Renee Zarate says:

    Great giveaway! Beautiful images,ribbon and stamps.

  72. Amanda Miller says:

    Wow! Amazing art 🙂

  73. Shelley says:

    Thank you for this great giveaway!

  74. Mary-Ann says:

    As always, everything is so beautiful!

  75. Laurie Yoder says:

    I would love the chance to win this lovely giveaway!! I still love to color even though I am in my fifties

  76. Carol Geraci says:

    wow I love this giveaway. Hope I win.

  77. stampnk says:

    Oooh, love the Liquid Pearls, the stitched leaf ribbon (swoon!)and those stamps! Thanks for the chance to win!

  78. another great giveaway- and how fun!

  79. Jenny S. says:

    Beautiful giveaway!! LOVE it. Thank you

  80. Lynn Fox says:

    Every giveaway is fantastic! Thank you for the chance, AlphaStamps!

  81. Mary Mac says:

    Just love the papers and ribbons with this giveaway.

  82. gilda (mcstamper) says:

    Love the fashion project. Thanks for another great give away.

  83. Carrie Monnier-Cummings says:

    Beautiful giveaway! Love all the colors!

  84. Hedgehogi says:

    Lovely giveaway! Thanks for the chance! at gmail dot com

  85. LeAnn says:

    Fabulous inspiration – thank you.

  86. Dena Cottrell says:

    Another beautiful giveaway! I hope I win!

  87. Can’t ever give up coloring.

  88. Nancy S says:

    Thanks for a great giveaway. You’re never too old to color…..

  89. Brenda Lubrant says:

    What a great giveaway again. You carry such great products to inspire your creative juices.

  90. P boszko says:

    What a wonderful giveaway…thanks!

  91. SanZ says:

    lovely giveaway!

  92. trisha too says:

    Lots of fabulous images to color, and lots of colorful things!


  93. Greet giveaway thanks for the ppportunity

  94. Carol Slowik says:

    This is the most spectacular giveaway ever! Love it!

  95. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I’m ready to color.

  96. Lori Devoux says:

    I absolutely adore this giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  97. IKE says:

    What fantastic goodies and I just adore those little elephant buttons 🙂 Thanks for a chance to win.

    IKE xx

  98. I like to color, paint, scrapbook, rubber stamp, cardmaking, papercrafting, mix media and everything inbetween! I know many will enter but few will win. Still hope to win! Thanks for the chance! Love all the cool projects you post!

  99. Lisa Pifalo says:

    I love to color! Coloring is a great stress release. So relaxing.